Off-duty EMT, lifeguard save girls from Lake Michigan waves

July 18, 2018 GMT

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (AP) — An off-duty emergency medical technician and an off-duty lifeguard are credited with saving two girls from rough waters in Lake Michigan off of an Indiana pier.

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources says Superior Ambulance EMT Devin Newton and Deep River Waterpark lifeguard Myles Wright were at the Michigan City pier Tuesday when they heard the girls screaming for help.

The DNR says Newton tried to throw a life ring to them, but strong winds made it difficult. Wright climbed into the water on rocks while being battered by waves and got the life ring to the girls. The girls were pulled to safety and reunited with family.

Conservation officers say the girls were gone before investigators arrived, but they’re believed to be about 12 years old and from Illinois.